Translator’s note: The below text is a translation by Tianma of a post of Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang on his Chinese language blog titled Daoist Qianfeng Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature and Life Destiny (道家千峰性命双修的博客 daojia qianfeng xingming shuangxiu de boke).
Elderly man aged 85, throughout his life pursuing the true essence of the Daoist Dual Cultivation of Essential Nature (Xing) and Life Destiny (Ming)
Xia Pu Yan (夏普炎) is an elderly man aged 85 from Xinjiang (新疆). Since childhood he is very fond of Chinese Daoist practices. After finishing school he joined the army, giving his youth in serving the country defending the borders. Later he changed his profession in serving the country by giving himself fully through construction work. After retiring, pursuing his childhood dreams, he walked the country everywhere in search of true Daoist masters who genuinely understand the Dual Cultivation practice of Essential Nature and Life Destiny (性命双修 xingming shuangxiu).
Having searched out numerous places for many years, he only encountered superficial knowledge of Daoist Teachings and felt hopeless about ever finding genuine Daoist teachings.
After searching for many years, he found out about the Daoist Qianfeng school of Self Cultivation. In July 2015 he intentionally set out on the long travel from Xinjiang, to visit the ancient small town of Yangfang in Changping district just outside of Beijing, where Qianfeng cottage is located.
The purpose of the visit was to find out about the genuine Daoist Dual Cultivation practice of the Qianfeng school. He sincerely payed his respects at Qianfeng cottage and later sincerely practiced cultivation. Suddenly his body felt several years younger and in a flash he realized having found genuine Daoist practice, in a mystical place.
Today he once again returned to Qianfeng cottage to talk about what he learned through cultivating the Qianfeng teachings. This master attaches great importance to practice what you preach. I sensed that Pu Yan genuinely and sincerely had been cultivating the secret Daoist method “Adding Oil to Replenish Life” (添油续命 tian you xu ming).